Laurie Trayer’s latest CD

Local pianist releases new music

Laurie Trayer nominated for best gospel instrumental album

Laurie Trayer expresses her love and passion for life through music.

Drawn to the piano at an early age, the self-taught artist has entertained audiences throughout the Lower Mainland for decades with her unique style of playing.

“It all came naturally,” she said. “Music was such a way of life.”

Trayer started playing the piano at the age of five by tapping imaginary keys on the windowsill. She discovered her own musical talent when she received her first real piano three years later and soon followed her father’s musical footsteps. He was also child prodigy, performing in a Russian orchestra at the age of 11.

Trayer, who plays by ear, taught herself how to play the organ and accordian. She also has a passion for oil painting, calligraphy, and interior and landscape designing.

“I love music. It’s a universal language,” she said. “Music is just my way of life. It’s very relaxing.”

Trayer has produced five albums throughout her career, each enhanced with different background music consisting of violins, bass, strings and mandolin. Her latest CD, Beyond the Rain, blends gospel, bluegrass and country. It was recently nominated by the Gospel Music Association of Canada as one of the five best gospel instrumental albums of the year.

“It was an honour to be in that circle of musicians,” said Trayer. “I was honoured to be nominated.”

Trayer’s albums are sold locally at Rolly’s Restaurant, Romano’s, Hope Drive-In and Pharmasave. They can also be purchased at Verses Bookstore in Chilliwack.

For more information, contact Trayer at 604-869-5753.